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Application for the approval of co-productions between Spain and foreign producers

Por Acuerdo de 13 de junio de 2024, de la Dirección General del Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales y conforme al artículo 23 de la Ley 39/2015, de 30 de octubre, del Procedimiento Administrativo Común de las Administraciones Públicas se amplía el plazo de resolución al doble del establecido desde el 15 de junio al 15 de septiembre para los procedimientos de: certificado de nacionalidad; calificación por grupos de edad; aprobación de coproducciones internacionales; inscripción en el Registro Administrativo de Empresas Cinematográficas y Audiovisuales y reconocimiento del coste de la película e inversión del productor.

What is this for: approval for co-production projects for films and other audio-visual works carried out with foreign companies.

Applicants: production companies.

Initiating the process: by application of the interested party.

When to apply: prior to the commencement of shooting the film or audio-visual work. Applications presented after shooting has begun will be dismissed.

Where to apply: on the website of the State Secretariat for Culture Sede, in the General Registry of this Ministry or where indicated in article 16.4 of Law 39/2015 of 1 October on the Common Administrative Procedure for Public Administrations.

Who decides: General Directorate of the Institute of Cinematography and Audio-visual Arts or by the competent body of the autonomous community.

How long does it take: a maximum of two months after application, in the field of competences of the Institute of Cinematography and Audio-visual Arts.

Appeals: Applicant can appeal directly to the Ministry and also through the Courts.

Regulations:

Documentation to present:

  • Document proving the assignment of the author or authors of the script or, where appropriate, the option or assignment of the pre-existing work, and certification proving the inscription of the script in the Registry of Intellectual Property.
  • Screenplay of the cinematographic film or audio-visual work and shooting plan.
  • Economic budgeting plan for the project, per the official model, indicating the items and concepts that correspond to each country participating in the co-production.
  • Nominal relation of the creative staff per the definition of article 4 j) of Law 55/2007 of 28 December on Cinema, and other technical personnel with expression of their nationality. Co-production agreement specifying the agreements of the parties, with precise indication of the participation of each co-producer, the contributions of creative personnel as defined in article 4 j) of Law 55/2007 of 28 December on Cinema, and other technical staff, the money transfers of each co-producer and the distribution of markets and benefits. When the co-production contract is written in a language other than Spanish, a translation of the co-production contract will also be submitted to this language.
  • If the company is not registered in the Administrative Register of Cinematographic and Audio-visual Companies, the following documentation:

If the applicant is a legal entity:

  • Authorisation for ICAA to obtain the justification of the registration in the register of Businesses, Professionals & Withholders.
  • In the case where express authorisation is not granted: proof of said document.
  • If a trade name, mark or label is used, accreditation of its registration in accordance with the regulations governing industrial property.
  • Photocopy of the fiscal identity card.
  • Photocopy of the deed of incorporation in the public registry or, where appropriate, certification issued by the holder of the public registry in where registered.
  • Documentation accrediting legal representation and capacity act with power of attorney.

If the applicant is a physical person:

  • Authorisation for ICAA to obtain proof of inscription in the Register of Businesses, Professionals and Withholders.
  • In the case where express authorisation is not granted: proof of said document.
  • If a trade name, mark or label is used, accreditation of its registration in accordance with the regulations governing industrial property.
  • Authorisation for your personal data can be consulted by the instructing body through the Identity Data Verification System.
  • In the absence of such express authorisation: a photocopy of the National Identity Document or Spanish Foreigners’ Identity document or equivalent card.

Instructions and forms:

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